The folks behind Universal's Jurassic World are no doubt busy popping bottles of champagne over the film's incredible success. In its first weekend, director Colin Trevorrow's return to Isla Nublar set a new global record, earning more than $500 million worldwide. In addition, the film also earned an astounding $209 million stateside, narrowly stealing the U.S. box office record from Marvel's The Avengers.
For years, Marvel has released one hit film after another, from the first Iron Man to last month's Avengers: Age of Ultron. So while the studio could easily be bitter that one of their films has lost bragging rights to the team over at Jurassic World, it looks like Marvel is taking the high ground on this one.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has already taken to Twitter in response to the news of Jurassic World's weekend box office record-breaking total, and his response is just as respectful as it is playful. See his tweet below:
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) June 16, 2015
The perplexed faces of the Avengers - along with the question marks adding to the confusion - make it clear that Feige has the right attitude about how Marvel films compare to other studio offerings. After all, Chris Pratt is a member of both the Jurassic Park franchise and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the star of Guardians of the Galaxy. So there's no reason that Universal and Marvel can't play nice.
At this point, Jurassic World is - domestically - the third highest-grossing film of 2015. Seeing as it only trails behind leader Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7 (both of which have largely run their course theatrically), there's every chance that Jurassic World could surpass the U.S. gross of those two films in due time.
Still, Feige has the right idea in viewing it all as a friendly competition. Hollywood is often viewed as such an insanely cutthroat arena that it's easy to assume that there could be ill will between studios, but in the grand scheme of things, there's plenty of opportunity out there for everyone to earn mountains of cash. And if Feige's tweet helps to keep people talking about Marvel until the release of Ant-Man next month, then everyone wins anyway.
Jurassic World is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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